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When Your Passion Meets Your Purpose: This Artist Says His Craft Saved His Life

Written By: Karla Burnett What do you do when your first attempt at selling a product lands you with a three-year prison sentence?  You turn inside for the product that has always been in your heart. That’s what artist Omari Booker did when a felony drug charge changed the course of his life. During his three years behind bars, Booker nurtured the passion that had been with him since he was a child: visual painting and the creative arts. Coming to grips with being incarcerated was one of the most transformative periods of Booker’s life.  After returning home in 2013, Booker...

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Solar Up For the Good of Your Community

Written By: Thomas Sheffield It is important for the United States to be a leader in the solar industry. Relying on clean, reliable energy like solar is essential to the health and well-being of communities.  When we use and support clean energy, we save money on healthcare. Essentially, we save the planet.  Becoming a leader in using solar is not just a public policy issue, it is also a personal responsibility issue.  Whites Creek High School in Whites Creek, Tenn. is preparing students for the future.  The school is the host of the Academy of Alternative Energy, Sustainability and...

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Press Release: Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in Nashville to Launch Student-Driven Magazine

Contact: Art Fuller                                                                         Eric Jordan Founder & President                                                                     Publisher & CEO Knowledge Academies, Inc.                                   ...

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How Fulin’s Asian Cuisine Became a Southern Staple (and a Peek at What’s Next!)

Written by: Candace Jenkins When one thinks of Asian cuisine, it doesn’t exactly bring to mind thoughts of southern fare, but Tennesseans have come to know Fulin’s Restaurant as a staple.  Fulin’s Asian Cuisine had modest beginnings, with its owners emigrating from China several years ago – the American dream in their hearts.   They planted their roots in Nashville, Tenn., quickly immersing themselves in its southern culture. The modest single-location restaurant soon became two, three and then four – eventually leading to 11 locations across Tennessee and Alabama. The son and now prominent owner and entrepreneur, Brandon Lin, who...

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Can Changing Your Definition of Success Make You More Successful?

Someone once told me their three ingredients for success were patience, perseverance and luck. I suppose this can be applied to any profession. But my wish is for readers of The Connect Magazine to challenge and redefine their definitions of success. I was raised by an incredibly strong single mother. I remember asking myself as a kid, “Why does my mother have to work two or three jobs just so we can eat?” Despite how difficult it was, she always encouraged my siblings and me to make good decisions and “aim for the stars.” I recall her telling me...

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How to Promote Your Brand on Social Media Without Fear

Written by: Zach Watson The word “entrepreneur” may have French origins, but it also has deep roots in America’s business traditions. It’s fitting then that social media, a technology of American invention, has given entrepreneurs an unprecedented platform to advertise their business and share their ideas. Yet, taking advantage of this opportunity isn’t always straightforward. It’s often easy to speak enthusiastically about an idea in private conversation or over a whiteboard, but when it’s time to promote the endeavor on social, uncertainty creeps in. How can you be sure your network wants to hear about your business? What type...

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Photographer James Cole: The World’s Visual Storyteller

Having a mother that took him places played a key role in James McArthur Coleman’s creative beginnings. The new places and faces he saw when traveling with his family, as a kid, fascinated him; and he found joy in documenting their vacation adventures through the lens of a camera. When he wasn’t traveling with family, Cole nurtured his young love for charcoal drawing and oil painting. He also harbored aspirations of being an architect. Little did he know that these hobbies would ultimately prepare him for his life’s work and color the road he’d walk into his destiny. After...

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Phoenix Forrester: Real Events. Real People. Real Style

With an array of unique details, opulent glamor, and sophisticated style, events designed by Phoenix Forrester truly capture the essence of Hollywood glam. Because of this company’s ability to reflect Hollywood glam in an accurate manner, artists such as Little Richard, Mary Mary, Biz Markie, Debra Cox, and Kirk Franklin are just a few of the well-known clients for whom Phoenix Forrester has produced spectacular events. Considering the meticulous and innovative planner behind the success of each event—Krystal Bonner—it’s no wonder that the company has created wonders for celebrity parties along the way. Nevertheless, Krystal stresses the fact that...

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Horizons, Atlanta: A Non-Profit Success Story

Written by: Dawn Mason Imagine this: A school system that was once labeled as a chronic under-performer in the basic fundamentals of learning now touts reading and math proficiency rates well above the National average. Imagine children who, despite their position within a society that brands them as underprivileged and socially and economically disadvantaged, succeeding in all that they do simply because they are given access to tools that allow them to open their eyes, look in the mirror and see nothing less than greatness.Breaking the cycle of gaps in education based on where one is born and raised...

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Getting Fit… For YOU!

Written by: Rosalyn Ross Twelve years ago I was sitting at my desk in my cubicle at work when I suddenly got the worst headache of my life, and it was particularly troubling since I could count the number of headaches I’d had in my life to that point on one hand. Worse yet, in addition to the pounding inside of my skull, my vision was blurred. I was in trouble. I had long been overwhelmed by a stressful work environment and had endured far too many sleepless nights fretting over a to-do list that, try as hard as...

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